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Blessing through Trials

February 10, 2020
By Martin Luther

"Blessed be everyone who blesses you!"

GENESIS 27:29

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Blessing through Trials

After Isaac has mentioned the curses, that is, the cross and the trials which accompany those outstanding and rich blessings, he goes on to add: "Blessed be everyone who blesses you!” It is as though he were saying: "They will not all curse or assail you, but many will come who will bless you and share in your blessings. This will be the fruit of your trials if you continue steadfastly in the faith." Thus Christ says (John 12:24): "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." One Christian who has been tried does more good than a hundred who have not been tried. For in trials the blessing grows, so that with its counsels it can teach, comfort, and help many in physical and spiritual matters. Thus in the world you are cursed, but at the same time you are filled with a heavenly blessing.